Kasemeyer in 12, Madden in 13 Sun endorsements: Also, Murphy, Smith, Bobo in 12

Pendergrass, Turner, Giannetti in 13.

October 15, 1998

THERE IS a change in the personality of Maryland's 12th Legislative District from east to west. Blue-collar area in Baltimore County such as Lansdowne and Arbutus meet more affluent communities in Howard County. There is little difference, however, in the issues that concern residents. They want good schools, less crime, lower taxes.

The 12th District senator, Democrat Edward J. Kasemeyer, deserves re-election. Republican challenger David P. Maier lost to Mr. Kasemeyer in 1994. Voters will again have a clear choice between a Democrat who is an abortion rights advocate and who supports gun control and a Republican abortion opponent who does not. The election of Mr. Kasemeyer four years ago indicates that his views more closely match the district's.

In House District 12A, which straddles the Howard-Baltimore County line, voters would be better served without Democratic Rep. James E. Malone Jr. After his election in 1994, Mr. Malone lobbied to have state law changed so he could be both a legislator and a Baltimore County firefighter. It was a flagrant conflict of interest. He has since proved why the law should have been kept intact by sponsoring a self-serving bill that would stop counties from privatizing firefighting services. Republican challenger Loyd V. Smith is retired as a Baltimore County firefighter, so he would not bring that conflict of interest to Annapolis.

Incumbent Republican Donald E. Murphy has earned voters' confidence to continue serving in the other seat in District 12A.

In the portion of the district wholly in Howard County -- 12B -- Democrat Elizabeth Bobo, a former Howard County executive, should be re-elected.

The 13th District, which includes southern Howard and a slice of northern Prince George's County, has had few complaints about Sen. Martin G. Madden. The Republican has become an influential member of the state Senate who excels at constituent service. He should be re-elected.

House District 13A has been served well by Democratic Delegates Shane Pendergrass and Frank S. Turner. They, too, should be re-elected.

The same cannot be said of the District 13B incumbent, Republican Del. John S. Morgan. His ideological bent hampers his effectiveness.

Democrat challenger John A. Giannetti Jr., a former bill analyst and aide in the House of Delegates, has the background and drive to be a good legislator. A lawyer, Mr. Giannetti has shown his commitment to the community by sponsoring trash pickup drives.

Tomorrow: District 14B

Pub Date: 10/15/98

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